LOST PLANET IS A FRANCHISE that has struggled to find its step over the last few years. The first game was a modest success, launching just after the Xbox 360 was originally released and offering gamers classic Japanese mecha run and gun gameplay. But, while entertaining, the original Lost Planet suffered from a number of technical and plot issues. Some years later Capcom released Lost Planet 2. Sadly that game compounded rather than fixed the original's problems. Now, at the end of the present console generation, Capcom has revisited the Lost Planet universe to release its brand spanking new Lost Planet 3.
In terms of story and tone, while the new Lost Planet 3 features several of the same plot points as the first two games set in the three-way battle between the NEVEC corporation, guerilla Snow Pirate Army and native Akrid aliens, the tone and cast are completely different.
Lost Planet 3 sees you take control of John Peyton, an everyman character who signed up with NEVEC to help support his wife and newborn child on Earth. The game kicks off to see you crash land on E.D.N III, an ice world the NEVEC corporation is mining for a mysterious T-ENG power source, which as it happens also tends to attract a host of nasty limb-rending native Akrid aliens. Unlike previous titles, which focused on straight traditional Japanese anime style heroes, Peyton has an everyman quality and is designed to have somewhat of a space cowboy feel. Looking a little too much like Nicholas Cage for our liking and having an accent similar to the slurring wonder's character in Con Air, Peyton nonetheless has an everyman quality that makes it hard not to like him.
The game also replaces the over the top anime of the original with a more foreboding quality, emphasising the isolation and brutality of E.D.N III's frozen landscape. This combined with Peyton's character and the game's American folk soundtrack makes Lost Planet 3 feel very different than its predecessors right from the start, more like a cross between EA's stellar Deadspace survival series and Joss Whedon's Firefly TV show in character.